Karen LOVES change, and her mission is to get your workplace energized by the opportunities that change presents. She believes that positive change is attainable and it is absolutely vital in today’s new world of work. She believes that is will take Passion, Energy, and the ability to be Flexible in the face of change. It requires Resilience in the face of confusion, the ability to not overact (no drama mamma) and see things as they are. Are you ready for Change? ‘Cause it’s ready for YOU!
Success is always a moving target. Anyone who thinks that they have arrived is kidding them selves. In order to stand out today you have to understand innovation, inclusion, technology, the new customer, and be open to CHANGE. When you accept that change is necessary for growth you can’t be stopped.
Who is Karen?
Karen McCullough is a motivational business speaker and Millennial evangelist who helps organizations and leaders cut through the generational stereotypes and get back to reality by leveraging their team’s strengths, enriching the work environment, and driving better results. Karen creates customized programs that have both an educational and an entertaining component. Each of Karen’s live presentations blends current research with humor, concepts and stories,that moves participants to take action. Karen is an inspiring speaker, who draws on her varied background as a highly successful educator, businesswoman, entrepreneur, and CEO to enlighten and entertain audiences from some of the world’s top companies, universities, and organizations.
What Differentiates Karen from the Pack?
Karen McCullough’s programs set people up for success, bringing out the great leadership qualities that reside in each member of her audiences. She delivers creative, customized “Keynotes” and “Breakouts” in the areas of change, generational challenges, productivity, stress, customer service, and personal branding / leadership development.
A Millennial Evangelist
Karen innovates through her keen perception and knowledge of human behaviors, trends, and even with a little pop culture thrown in. A self proclaimed “Millennial evangelist”, she is known for being on the cutting edge of relevant topics to resonate with audiences of all ages. With her uncanny sense of picking up behavioral traits that motivate and drive professional success, Karen has been able to successfully identify the key differences between the generations/genders/cultures and has identified the strengths and prime motivators that drive each group to succeed.
Who Books Karen?
Karen works with corporations, businesses, universities, associations, and any other organization or non-profit looking for a motivational speaker who will open people’s minds, make them laugh, and leave ready to make positive changes.
Some of her clients include: Northwest Mutual, Sigma Solutions, VMware, Procter & Gamble, JPMorgan Chase, Symantec, The Inter Con group, Helms Briscoe, McGraw-Hill, The National Association of Homebuilders, Shell Oil, ExxonMobil, Fluor, The World Bank, The U.S. Department of Justice, State Farm, Humana, HP, Oracle, United Way, American Heart Association, and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
What Makes Karen so Savvy?
Before becoming a national motivational speaker, Karen owned and operated several retail fashion stores in Houston, Texas. Often, she hired many young employees with no workplace experience and zero in the retail industry. Karen had the keen ability identifying inexperienced workers who had the potential to become great employees – and they did, many staying on for years! Little did she know, that the early years were the foundation for her life’s work – understanding and managing all generations.
She began speaking in 2000 and dove deep into the study generational differences. Today her interest in the generations has become her passion and mission. Adopting the title “Millennial evangelist”, her programs include case studies, current research, and up to date new information and current discoveries about Millennials and soon to be in the workforce Gen Z.
The Back Story
Karen began her career as the youngest employee at an upscale department store in Cleveland, Ohio, where her mother worked as the first female credit manager. As a tribute to her infectious spirit, Karen was dubbed the store mascot. She worked her way up in a number of roles for the company, eventually becoming a sales associate in women’s fashion, and later in menswear.In the early days, Karen worked for two of the world’s most powerful fashion brands, Ralph Lauren and The Limited, where she first started analyzing the internal culture of large organizations—both for what fuels them and for what holds them back. She applied what she learned and then launched her own retail business.
The Brand was Classic. The name memorable – Me Too Me Too was quite the Houston rage in the 1980’s and 90’s when fashion guru Ralph Lauren’s styles were in fashion. Me Too evolved into a 4 store operation. The last store, in the prestigious River Oaks Shopping Center, closed its doors in 1997. Karen was the owner and CEO for 17 years. Looking back on the experience, she can see why “Working with the Generations” is her area of expertise. She is an expert hiring, working with and selling to younger generations!In 1997, after selling the business, Karen became a retail marketing and branding consultant.For the next three years, she energized business owners and executives to approach their work and their life with a fresh, new attitude. By developing key strategies for growth, her clients were positioned for future successes.
Awards and Organizations
In 2006 Karen received the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional designation, which has been bestowed upon fewer than 7% of the 5,000 speakers who belong to the International Federation of Professional Speakers. She has been honored with multiple awards, including the Toastmasters International Communications and Leadership Award and the John Wolf Award for speaking excellence. Karen is an active member of the National Speakers Association and served as president of the Houston chapter in 2006. She is active in Dress for Success and The Woman’s Home. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio State University where she also performed graduate work in education.
What People Are Saying
Karen was phenomenal when she spoke to Corporate Engineering Business Support at Procter & Gamble. Her program was engaging and thought provoking. The group was so impressed with her research and delivery on the area on the generations in the workplace that they have asked her to come back and speak at the P&G Engineering Summit later this year.
Karen, you truly exceeded our expectations and you delivered on exactly what our group needed (branding/persuasive presentation skills). I feel after our day together, the eLearning Consultants are in a much better position to win because of your efforts. Thanks again for such a productive day, and I look forward to working with you in the future.
It’s amazing how the success of Karen’s branding workshop spread to so many different parts of Sun Microsystems—all word of mouth. It was rated as one of the most impactful learning modules by the participants at our GSS Leadership Institute. These participants are the high potential directors handpicked for this program who are being groomed for VP positions.